Last month I was diagnosed by a skin biopsy with Morphea. I was told it is a benign condition and is not life threatening.
My dermatologist assured me I don't have to worry about any of the other things I've come across online while doing my own research. I'll admit, I'm terrified. I do deal with anxiety, specifically health anxiety, so this is really bothering me.
The rash like lesions on my wrists that wouldn't go away after using lotion prompted me to seek advice from my doctor who then referred me to the dermatologist. After looking at pictures online, turns out that I have had this since I was a teenager. Somewhere around 16 but I only noticed it when I had a couple of dark spots on my abdomen. I just always thought it was scaring from a bruise.
I also have vitiligo which means I have 2 marks against me so far.
2012 I began to develop indigestion but it went away after I stopped taking so much Excedrin for my headaches. 2014 it returned and then was diagnosed with GERD in 2015. I've been fighting that since. January I started to have edema in my ankles that comes and go so randomly. I'm also overweight so I'm assuming it's related to that. I have no other symptoms or issues. Sometimes I experience joint pain but I would say this is rare and only on days where I've been on my feet way too long.
My dermatologist is great, I love her but after reading the things I have online, I don't feel like I have all the answers and assurance I need. I'm worried the symptoms above are a precursor for something more problematic so I'm wondering if I should seek advice elsewhere. I reside in Dallas, TX which is about 5+ hours from the Scleroderma center in Houston so that would be hard for me to do.
The cosmetics of this skin issue doesn't bother me. I'm worried about my life and my future mobility. I feel alone in this whole matter and just need to know what is the next step I should take.
Thank you and I'm happy to have found this place.